More cows but no more profit

DairyNZ principal scientist John Roche.

The average NZ dairy farmer is milking 100 more cows than six years ago, yet making no more money, says a leading scientist.

Farm prices rise 24 per cent

Land values continue to rise despite a drop in farmer confidence.

2:14 PM  Median farm land prices rose by 24 per cent over the three months to February 2015 compared to the same period last year.

Neglected calves put down

Calves thrive on a dairy farm when they are well-fed.

A herd of 18 neglected calves on a Taranaki lifestyle block have been put down.

Inspectors not the bad guys

WorkSafe health and safety inspector Vaughan Maaka discusses quad bike safety with Phil Read, watched by, from left, Mangatoki dairy farm owner Robyn Roberts, colleague Chris Pye, sharemilker Sonja Werder, DairyNZ consulting officer Steve Canton, farm assistant Jacob Abbott and sharemilker Daniel Potter.

Farmers hear WorkSafe inspectors who say they want to help with the establishment of health and safety procedures.

Holy $20,000 cow

Cow number 209 sold for a whopping $20,000 at a recent dispersal sale in the Waikato.

Cow number 209 is no ordinary cow.

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opinion

Unhappy farmer still backing Fonterra

Andrew McGiven says farmers risked eroding Fonterra's collective strength if they leave the co-operative  to chase a perceived short term advantage.

OPINION: Farmers risked eroding Fonterra's collective strength if they leave the co-operative to chase a perceived short term advantage.

The end is nigh! No, not quite yet

Doug Edmeades says the old saw is correct: It’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.

Difficult decisions ahead as low payout starts to bite

Our Australian neighbours

Fieldays

Fieldays eyes up red meat sector

Fieldays chief executive Jon Calder.

New Zealand's sheep and beef farmers are in the spotlight for Fieldays. 

Clever ideas to see the light of day

Kiwi ingenuity will be once again be showcased in the Innovation Centre at the New Zealand National Fieldays in June.

The new lake at Mystery Creek, Hamilton. Part of the extensive earthworks being undertaken at the site.

Breaking new ground video

Mystery Creek is getting a $1.5 million make-over just in time for the Fieldays.

dairy

More cows, more milk, no more profit

DairyNZ principal scientist John Roche.

The average NZ dairy farmer is milking 100 more cows than six years ago, yet making no more money, says a leading scientist.

Dairy prices hit five-year low

Prices have continued to fall at Fonterra's GlobalDairyTrade auction.

Cow number 209 sold for a whopping $20,000 at a recent dispersal sale in the Waikato.

Holy $20,000 cow

Cow number 209 is no ordinary cow.

advice

Being prepared provides protection

Quad bike

It was a grim day. Pebbles rushed to hospital as soon as she could, after hearing Freddy had suffered an accident on the farm.

Animal welfare workshops on their way

Farmers wanting to keep on the right side of animal welfare laws are being advised to attend Waikato workshops.

Waikato Regional Council freshwater ecologist Michael Lake, right, and student Laura Francis collect specimens from the Kaniwhaniwha River by electro-fishing.

Follow up field day

A field day focused on farm planning and environmental sustainability is planned for the wider Waipa River catchment in May.

aquaculture

Uncertainty for marine farmers

A mussel farm in the Marlborough Sounds.

Forty years after it started in the Sounds, marine farming remains a source of pride and controversy.

Growing a good idea

Being a business owner isn't what most 17-year-olds are thinking about. But Georgia Lala isn't like most teenagers.

The Sanford mussel processing plant in Havelock.

Havelock Sanford's only South Island factory

Sanford's mussel plant in Havelock is the seafood company's only South Island factory following the closure of its operation in Christchurch.

beef

Genetics the answer

Gerald and Sue Hargreaves: staunch believers in genetics.

New Zealand is in serious trouble with its beef industry, according to angus breeder Gerald Hargreaves.

'Farming is a fantastic way to bring up a family'

"Farming is a fantastic way to bring up a family. We have the best job in the world," say a Gisborne farming couple.

King Country shorthorn stud breeders Russell and Mavis Proffit.

Payback time for beef breeders

NZ's most facial eczema-tolerant recorded perendale sheep share a stud home with beef shorthorns deep in the King Country.

Sheep

Southern sheep farmers dominate

Waikana Valley farmers Allan and Leeann Woodrow have won the perendale section of the New Zealand Ewe Hogget competition.

Southern sheep farmers have come out on top in the New Zealand Ewe Hogget competition.

Merino farmers close to solving $10m footrot problem

Sheep farmers hope new genetic testing will spell the end of footrot in merinos which is costing them $10m a year.

Mandeville dog trialist Les Roughan, 91, with heading dog Flirt.

Les still going strong at 91 gallery

Les Roughan's ticker is not the best.

cropping

Select avocado growers make good returns

New Zealand avocados on display in a Woolworths supermarket in Sydney where they have been fetching a premium.

Avocado growers who use Seeka Kiwifruit Industries as their packer have received much higher prices for their exports than others in the industry, the company says.

Kiwis set world barley yield record

South Canterbury couple break 25-year-old world record for the highest yielding barley crop.

Western Australia farmer and bush engineer Ray Harrington, next to a prototype model of the Harrington Seed Destructor.

Aussie invention wins big

An Aussie grower's crushing invention has won a major international award for helping farmers get around weed resistance against herbicides.

agribusiness

Farm prices rise 24 per cent

Land values continue to rise despite a drop in farmer confidence.

2:14 PM  Median farm land prices rose by 24 per cent over the three months to February 2015 compared to the same period last year.

Safety inspectors 'here to help'

WorkSafe staff say they prefer education to enforcement when it comes to farm safety.

Fishing skipper was "foot soldier" in catch misreporting operation.

Skipper fined over fish catch

1:22 PM  A fishing boat skipper under-reported his bluenose catch by nearly 10 tonnes.

Discovery

Research offers pneumonia hope

A lamb shows typical signs of pneumonia. Note that it is hollow, has droopy head and ears and looks lethargic.

Northland ram breeder Gordon Levet suspects that sheep farmers have been unconsciously selecting for resistance to pneumonia.

Carbon counting is big job

Research underway on two farms aims to provide farmers with practical advice on how to best manage their farms to maximise soil carbon stocks.

22042015 News Photo: John Kirk-Anderson/FairfaxNZ

Wet sheep near Springston. 

Weather Farming Stock Drought

Greenhouse gas breakthrough

NZ scientists identify animal-safe compounds that can reduce methane emissions from sheep and cattle by up to 90 per cent.

rural women

Farmers schooled on animal welfare

DairyNZ animal husbandry extension specialist Anna Irwin demonstrates the use of a captive bolt during a Dairy Women's Network animal welfare workshop at Wreys Bush.

Tough new animal welfare laws are on the horizon, but Southland dairy farmers are working to ensure they’re ahead of the game.

Canty A&P gets first female president

Nicky Hutchinson says gender doesn't matter in her new role as the head of the Canterbury A&P Association.

Kahlia Fryer won the Lawson Robinson Hawke's Bay A&P scholarship at the recent Hawke's Bay Primary Industry Awards

Kahlia gets the job done

A career in agribusiness management is the goal of a Lincoln University student whose reputation as a hard worker goes before her. She speaks with Kate Taylor.

Video

Landlord charges per-bed rents

A landlord is charging Filipino workers up to $145 a week for a single bed in a seven bedroom house.

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